Servant Leader Intern (SLI) Job Description

Servant Leader Intern Position Description 

CDF’s mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The CDF Freedom Schools® Austin program is a direct service initiative coordinated nationally by the Children’s Defense Fund in partnership with Welcome Table, Inc. (a local Austin, Texas non-profit organization) and the East Austin community. It is an educational and cultural enrichment program that provides summer options for children while strengthening family and community involvement. 

The mission of CDF Freedom Schools Austin program is to boost scholars’ motivation to read, generate more positive attitudes toward learning, increase self-esteem and connect the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities. Our program serves children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade for six weeks.  

College-age young adults and recent college graduates play a key role in the CDF Freedom Schools Austin program in the position of Servant Leader Intern. Each CDF Freedom Schools Austin Servant Leader Intern (SLI) serves as the teacher for a maximum of 10 scholars. 


  • Demonstrates enthusiasm and a love of learning and reading.
  • Serve as a positive role model for all scholars. 
  • Supervise and maintain the safety of scholars. 
  • Maintain a professional decorum. 
  • Set up, manage and break down classroom space according to standards outlined by CDF and the sponsor organization. 
  • Engage scholars in the Integrated Reading Curriculum and STEAM activities.
  • Attend all required Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute training sessions. 
  • Work with site staff to ensure that all program components are implemented with fidelity. 


  • Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) have access to further leadership development and networking opportunities geared toward continued direct service and advocacy on behalf of children and families. 
  • Chance to learn all about the CDF Freedom Schools movement and how to make a difference in the lives of the scholars we serve. 
  • Earn a stipend for eight weeks of employment. 
  • Additionally, college students enrolled in an HBCU in Texas may be eligible for a Henrietta Wells Scholarship.


  • Ability to work full time from May 28 – July 20 with local training dates at the end of May.
  • Must have completed at least one year of college in good academic standing (typical age range is 18-30).
  • Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team. 
  • Solid commitment to the success and well-being of children. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitude, modeling a mature and professional demeanor. 

We look forward to speaking with you about joining the movement!

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